Best Ayam Penyet in Penang

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Hankering for something to hit your palate with robust flavours, nevertheless easy on the wallet? Say hello to “Ayam Penyet”, among the cornerstones of Indonesian cuisine that has frolicked throughout our country. With a quirky name, you should have guessed by now, it’s literally translated as smashed chicken. Relax, it happens only before it's deep-fried and paired with spicy sambal, a mound of rice, fried beancurd and sides of greens. Are hunger pangs screaming already? Cut the worries, we’ve hunted the best spots in Penang that sends your palate on cloud nine. 

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    Ayam Penyet APHalal a81b201f94b2180a29928950eefa06850871fc85c2ba8fcb39753bdbcdfb49cfCertified
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    With more than 30 branches across Malaysia, Ayam Penyet AP has always set the bar high for succulent chicken and lip-smacking sambal. The deep-fried chicken is well-marinated, showered with crispy fritters and paired with fried tempeh, beancurd, vegetables and sizzling sambal which steal the spotlight at the very first bite. Unlike Malaysian-style sambal which has a tinge of sweetness, the Indonesian version kicks in with tons of heat that set your palate on a party. Additionally, you can opt for beef and fish, which is worth devouring too.

    Tips

    Specify the part of the chicken you want during the order

    Things to expect

    Irresistible sambal

    Best with

    Soups

    Price

    RM10.50 to RM20.00

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    Ayam Penyet AP View restaurant

    2 Lot G85, Ground Floor, Aeon Seberang Perai City Shopping Centre, 14000, Butterworth, Penang
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    045375099

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    Every day
    10:00AM—10:00PM
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    Rumah Makan Warung KitaHalal a81b201f94b2180a29928950eefa06850871fc85c2ba8fcb39753bdbcdfb49cfCertified
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    You wouldn't deny, during rainy days or late hours, our belly routinely begs for something spicy and piping hot, yet our brain puzzles where to go. Along Sungai Emas Street, this unassuming stall is renowned for dishing out the best ayam open yet in Batu Feringgi. The chicken is marinated with rich spices and you can choose either it should be dropped into a hot vat of oil or grilled for a smoky tang. Being windblown by the breezy air, dipping your juicy meat into their homemade salacious sambal would become an irresistible habit.

    Tips

    Never miss their satays too.

    Things to expect

    Late night hang-out spot with great meats

    Best with

    Array of local drinks

    Price

    RM6.00 to RM10.00

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    Rumah Makan Warung Kita View restaurant

    Jalan Sungai Emas, 11100, Georgetown, Penang
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    0169282195

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    Every day
    06:00PM—02:00AM
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    Ayam Penyet Cak NgaHalal a81b201f94b2180a29928950eefa06850871fc85c2ba8fcb39753bdbcdfb49cfCertified
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    This joint certainly ticks all boxes for a memorable meal, a laid-back ambiance, quick service and choices of Ayam Penyet that spark a smile on your face. Fairly breathing new life into this dish, you can opt for chicken coated in flour and deep-fried, grilled with soy sauce or stick with the original Ayam Penyet. Once the platter is placed before your eyes, all you’ve got to do is flex your muscles and dig in that alluring bird that comes with regular sides of fried beancurd, tempeh, scoop of grated cabbage and viscous sambal. 

    Tips

    Their Char Keoy Teow is another must-have dish

    Things to expect

    Wallet-friendly meals

    Best with

    Fruit Punch

    Price

    RM7.00 to RM20.00

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    Ayam Penyet Cak Nga View restaurant

    Bertam Perdana, 13200, Georgetown, Penang
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    0124480366

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    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    12:00PM—11:00PM
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    L.A Tea GardenHalal a81b201f94b2180a29928950eefa06850871fc85c2ba8fcb39753bdbcdfb49cfCertified
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    A rustic house-turned-restaurant surrounded with foliage of greens, beautiful pond and artistic ornaments that sets the mood straight away. With a wonderful mixture of local and western cuisines, there is something for all walks of life to enjoy. Among the must-have meals is “Nasi Ayam Penyet” which comes with a well-seasoned and smashed fried chicken, a mound of rice, earthy soup, soy sauce and sambal that has the dose of heat that suits every palate. Bring in your voracious appetite and you’ll be smashingly satisfied!

    Tips

    Get in early to nab at spot at the alfresco

    Things to expect

    Hearty portion of ayam penyet

    Best with

    Juices

    Price

    RM8.00 to RM20.00

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    L.A Tea Garden View restaurant

    887 Kampung Teluk Sungai Dua, 13800 , Georgetown, Penang
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    0194117679

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    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    06:00PM—12:00AM
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    Bayan Baru Market Food Court

    Among the largest and busiest food courts in the island, it’s a battle to nab empty tables during breakfast and lunch hours. You’ll definitely be spoilt with choice yet it’s close to crime to overlook the Ayam Penyet stall which is stacking up an excellent reputation among locals. The chicken is fried till crispy on the skin side and tender inside, complementing the sambal which is thick and packed with flavours. The only setback is during peak hours, they don’t actually smash the chicken, unless you are willing to bring thump it yourself. Pair your meal with a lathered teh tarik which tickles the spicy aftertaste of the sambal.

    Tips

    Lunch hour is scarce for parking, park further and walk

    Things to expect

    Cheap and flavourful meal

    Best with

    Teh Tarik

    Price

    RM4.50 to RM10.00

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    Bayan Baru Market Food Court View restaurant

    Kompleks Sri Selera, Jalan Mayang Pasir 3, Jalan Mayang Pasir 1, Bayan Baru, 11900, Georgetown, Penang
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    08:00AM—11:00PM
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    Anjung Budi, USMHalal a81b201f94b2180a29928950eefa06850871fc85c2ba8fcb39753bdbcdfb49cfCertified
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    Indoor cafeterias are usually no-go spots for students when your taste buds crave for lip-smacking meals, however this joint breaks the voodoo with a range of widespread choices under one roof. The open concept dining has all reason to linger, while overlooking sways of trees, adoring fresh air and gunning down meals that are wallet-friendly. No visit here is complete without a platter of “Nasi Ayam Penyet” – deep-fried chicken which is packed with spices, served with rice, bowl of chicken curry, cucumbers and dollop of sambal. The toothsome chicken is fairly small, you'll habitually get another.

    Tips

    Portion is small, additional rice would do good balance

    Things to expect

    Relaxing atmosphere and good food

    Best with

    Juices

    Price

    RM5.00 to RM10.00

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    Anjung Budi, USM View restaurant

    Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800, Georgetown, Penang
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    Every day
    09:00AM—06:00PM
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    Rasa Village CafeHalal a81b201f94b2180a29928950eefa06850871fc85c2ba8fcb39753bdbcdfb49cfCertified
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    Despite its name, you’re not heading towards a village but inside the crowd-rousing Bukit Jambul Complex where this food court is housed. With wide range of food to devour, you’ll stumble to make a decision. If your tummy tickles for spicy and crunchy punch, join the beeline at the “Ayam Penyet” section. The fried chicken is an absolute bomb with a crispy golden layer sitting below the juicy meat. What amps up the party in your mouth is the drizzle of crunchy fritters on top of the chicken and chili sambal which is so good, you might want to squirrel some away. 

    Tips

    Get extra sambal as you don’t want to walk many times for more

    Things to expect

    Cheap and tasty meal

    Best with

    Assorted beverages from the food court

    Price

    RM5.00 to RM10.00

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    Rasa Village Cafe View restaurant

    Kompleks Bukit Jambul, Jalan Rumbia, Bayan Lepas, 11900, Georgetown, Penang
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    Every day
    10:00AM—10:00PM
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